Counting Omer 5780, Day 18
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Eternity, Endurance, Forever, Splendor, and Perpetuity within Elevated Beauty, Balance, Integration, the Unexpected, Miracles, and Order, intersecting Khesed and Gevurah.
Quality: Partnering with the Unendurable
Suffering, our own or another’s, often seem senseless. Yet, to ask “why,” especially “why me,” seems to only prolong and deepen the suffering because in addition to the emotions common to loss(es), one adds the feeling of being victimized.
King Solomon was given a beautiful stone. He knew immediately that he wanted to have it made into a ring. So, he visited the best jeweler, blacksmith and craftsman in his kingdom.
The artisan was deeply moved by the king’s visit. He was also deeply perplexed by the king’s request. “With this stone, make me a ring,” commanded the king, “that when I look at it, I am reminded to count my blessings. Bring it to me as soon as it is complete and not a moment before.” The artisan agreed, though he had no idea what he would engrave on the band or the stone itself.
Every day, before his prayers, the artisan would gaze upon the stone and be mindful of the king’s request. Weeks past. Then, one morning, during his prayers it came to him. When he returned home, he went straight to his workshop and did not leave until the creation was complete.
The following morning, he took the ring to King Solomon. The king stood and allowed the artisan to place the ring on his finger. The king commented on the stone’s mounting; how it enhanced the stone’s beauty.
Then the king turned the stone and smiled when he saw what the artisan’s engraved message: "גַּם זֶה יַעֲבֹר" “This, too, shall pass”.
The king loved the ring and handsomely rewarded the jeweler, blacksmith and craftsman.
From that moment forwarded, whenever King Solomon felt sad and hopeless, he would gaze upon the beauty of the ring before turning the band to read the message. Then, he would smile. Whenever he felt overjoyed, he would take in the moment. At some point, he would gaze upon the beauty of the ring before turning the band to read the message. He let his joy to be slightly dimmed. Either way, the message caused the king to partner with the unendurable as sadness, grief, pain as well as sweetness, joy, happiness, elation. After all, except for The Divine One, nothing lasts forever.
Sadness and gladness are part of life's journey. So, the real questions are: Why not me? Am I not human? Yes, I say, and I choose to take the journey that expands my experience of what it means to be human.
© Sabrina Sojourner 2020